The Serenity Prayer

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You may well have seen or heard this prayer before (actually it is just part of a longer prayer written in the early 1930s by US theologian Reinhold Niebuhr) , most closely associated with Alcoholics Anonymous and other recovery programmes.

It is however a design for life and wellbeing for anybody really.

You don’t have to be religious; you can call on your own understanding of the divine.

And even if you are a dyed in the wool atheist you can permit yourself the assets  mentioned in the  words to be used at your disposal to meet most life situations.

I use the prayer more often than my own ego would like, for the simple fact is that I  often don’t have a f**king clue about how to react to certain things.

If nothing else, it gives me a pause before I might plow on ahead and do some damage…



Nothing Is Separate From Anything Else

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Double Rainbow, Nelson, NZ.  July 2018

“You must stop seeing God as separate from you, and you as separate from each other. Nothing exists in the  universe that is separate from anything else.Everything is intrinsically connected, irrevocably interdependent, interactive, interwoven into the fabric of all life”

–  from ‘Conversations With God’, Neale Donald Walsch

I took this picture at the airport waiting for a flight home from holiday. Near me was an old friend that I do not see often but there is a connectedness when we do .She has given inspiration to me at times I needed it. It was a ‘coincidence’ that we were vacationing in the same place at the same time, and then again that we were on the same flight . There was rain around ,and then a stunning double rainbow appeared. There was a sadness in my friend when she talked and a tear in her eye, as the skies wept rain and spread colours around. Not a lot I could say in comfort ,only to share in those feelings of hurt, but it was a little ‘God’ moment when the universe appeared smaller, just sitting there ,connected at a confluence of human paths and nature.